Introduction to Blogging
Welcome class to Intro to Blogging! Instructors design lessons, teach students, and assess student understanding on a daily basis, but how often do instructor's evaluate their own instruction? Evaluating instruction is a critical practice for any instructor to understand his or her personal biases, methods, tones, preferences, and other characteristics that may influence student learning. The problem with doing this is that self-evaluating instruction is not always an intuitive process and it can be difficult to integrate into regular teaching practices. This mini-course is going to provide interested participants with the opportunity to learn how to integrate reflective teaching practices in their instruction for the purpose of evaluating it.
Upon completing this mini-course, the participant will:
- explain how reflective teaching may assist him/her in evaluating his/her instruction.
- integrate a reflective teaching strategy into his/her own evaluative process of his/her instruction.
- will express a stronger appreciation for the benefits of integrating reflective teaching.
Who Will Benefit From This Course
This mini-course is designed for individuals who provide instruction to others. The concepts in this course are applicable to instructors in a variety of instructional institutions, including K-12 schools, higher education, and corporate settings.
About This Mini-Course
This mini-course spans four different units. The progression of the units is designed to help the participant gain a theoretical understanding of the topic and move towards practical application of the concepts. In this mini-course, the participant will engage in a variety of activities as he/she works towards the learning objectives.
The learning activities in this mini-course include:
- reading course materials, including articles
- watching educational video
- reflecting on instructional experiences
- writing responses to various writing prompts
- reviewing and applying reflective teaching strategies
To get the most out of this course, the participant needs to:
- read and view all course materials
- complete all learning experiences
- apply what you learn at your instructional setting
Click on the title of the unit you would like to begin. The units are intended to be completed in the order listed below.
At the end of the unit, learners will have a better understanding of the benefits of blogging, reflection and discussions. The learners will also discuss, create, and apply a grading rubric for blogging along with their own educational blog.
· Learners will be able to define blogging and other associating terms and jargon
· Learners will learn the importance of reflection through blogging
· Learners will learn the importance of discussions through blogging
Unit 2: Use of Blogging
· Learners will explore different sites and examples of educational blogs already created
· Learners will learn how to create an appropriate grading rubric for their classroom blog
Unit 3: Creation
· Learners will develop an educational blog of their own
· Learners will develop an educational rubric for their created blog
Metaferia, Tekle Ferede. "Using Blogs to Promote Reflective Language Learning." Journal of Language and Culture 3.3 (2012):52-55. Academic Journals. Web. 20 Nov. 2014. Muncy, James A. "Blogging For Reflection: The Use Of Online Journals To Engage Students In Reflective Learning." Marketing Education Review 24.2 (2014): 101-114. Business Source Premier. Web. 15 Nov. 2014.